Rotary raises vaccine cash
The Rotary Club of Matamata has impressed the world with its fundraising efforts at the Rotary Global Swimarathon earlier this year which attracted 159 swimmers from around the area.
It has been confirmed that Matamata Rotary came first worldwide for the amount raised.
A total of $23,000 was collected from those participating who were sponsored by their friends and family.
This was four times the amount that the club that placed second raised, which totalled around $6000.
Rotary member Graeme Guilford said he was thrilled with the result.
‘‘ We had hoped to get around $20,000 but realistically we thought it would be between $ 5000 and $10,000. So we well exceeded our expectations.’’
The club was also named fourth worldwide for number of participants. Globally, Rotary raised around $100,000 and 121 clubs took part, including three from New Zealand.
The money raised has been put towards helping Rotary International and the World Health Organisation stamp out polio.
Over the past 20 years Rotary has raised US$1.2 billion for polio eradication.
Mr Guilford said Matamata Rotary is looking at organising a trip overseas in the next 12 months to help administer the polio vaccinations and help the cause they have been supporting. Matamata College students are prepared to lose it all in order to help a good cause.
Students Declan Challis, Kristian Piertersen and Abe Chapman are all ready to shave their hair off to raise money for cancer patients during ‘‘Shave Week’’, an event happening between Monday, March 26 and Friday, March 30.
For year 12 student Abe Chapman, it is an event that is dear to him and others in the school and community.
‘‘I know lots of people have been affected by cancer and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while,’’ he said.
For many New Zealanders cancer is all too real, which is why Declan Challis is hoping Shave Week will be a success.
‘‘There will be raffle tickets being sold all through this and next week, and the first prize for that is the winner getting to shave Mr Reed’s hair off.’’
Matamata College art teacher Timothy Reed, along with year 13 student Jesse Walters, will also be participating in this event.
Jesse has not cut his hair for five years.
If the school manages to raise $500, then both Jesse and Mr Reed will take part.
‘‘Shave Week is getting more popular each year,’’ Abe said.
‘‘It would be awesome if every school did this.
‘‘It would mean getting more money and publicity for a great cause.’’